Concrete 3D printing Course in Ireland could contribute to address the need to build more affordable homes

Several countries across the world and in Europe have started building 3D printed houses. After careful analysis, experts in Ireland decided to fill this gap in their country. Education and training provider in Louth and Meath, Louth & Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) would remedy this situation by offering a new training course in 3D concrete printing. The latter would be the first in the country. According to the organization, providing this course in this area, could contribute positively to Ireland’s current need for new housing.

The technology is here but the training has not been provided by anyone“, explains Martin O’Brien, Chief Executive Louth Meath Education Training Board. “We’re providing training for architects, technicians, designers and builders so they can become familiar with the technology“.

Labour and productivity are the main drivers for this technology. We really do see it making a difference in social housing but also delivering at a rapid rate“, explains Marchant van den Heever, a trainer with LMETB. “We’re seeing a global uptake on this technology. German regulations have been passed on it. The UAE showing a lot of interest as well as the US. Obviously it depends on the size of the house but we’re moving a 1,500sqm an hour so you can do a three-bedroom house in less than a week“, he continues.

According to our colleagues from RTE, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said he welcomed new approaches and innovation in the construction sector “that reduces costs and speeds up delivery while maintaining high standards”. He pointed to the Housing for All housing plan which commits that the Government will drive innovation and productivity in order to reduce residential construction costs.

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